Creative Arts Charter School is located at 1601 Turk Street in the Western Addition neighborhood in San Francisco. Our buildings houses our full K-8 program, with lower grades on the first floor and upper grades on the second floor. Two playyards offer students multiple opportunities for recess and physical education activities, and include two play structures and lots of space for student-led games of kickball, four-square, shooting hoops, jump-rope, hopscotch, tag, and more. Our site also features dedicated facilities for our arts program, including an art studio, music studio, and dance studio. Our new garden, developed by a parent task force, supports student projects and beautifies our yard; and we look forward to expanding it over the next several years. Students also take advantage of the green spaces in our neighborhood, including Alamo Square and Kimball Park.
CACS is an active member of the Western Addition neighborhood, opening our doors to the community at events such as the Fall Fair, San Francisco Sunday Streets, the Alamo Square Flea Market, and the annual Cherry Blossom Festival. In addition, we partner with many neighborhood organizations, such as the African American Culture Center and the Ella Hill Hutch Community Center, for the benefit of both our students and the community.
Easy access to downtown San Francisco offers our students fantastic field trip opportunities, as they can walk to SF Jazz, the San Francisco Opera, the San Francisco Symphony, City Hall, the Asian Art Museum, the Hearst Theater, and more. Students also perform community service in and near our neighborhood, such as working in the New Lib Community Garden or serving meals at Glide Memorial. Kindergarteners study the trees in Alamo Square, while third graders examine the historic Painted Ladies as part of their study of San Francisco history. Multiple bus lines serve our school including the 5-Fulton, the 22-Fillmore, and the 24-Divisadero, allowing easy access to other city neighborhoods.
CACS buildings are owned and maintained by the San Francisco Unified School District. As part of the bond modernization project, the district began updating our site in the Spring of 2011, completing the project in the spring of 2013. Renovations included increasing our accessibility and bringing the site into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act; upgrading our safety systems, installing a new security system, improving our building shell, renovating our play yards, and modernizing our site with updated floors, bathrooms, window coverings, cabinetry, and new paint.
Please take a tour to get a full sense of the place that Creative Arts calls home.